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Character Backstory - Copycat

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Emily Smith was born in 2001 in Normal, Illinois. She's an only child - her mother is a registered nurse and her father is an administrative assistant at Illinois State University. She's of German ancestry on both sides, but doesn't really know much about where her family came from. She's Catholic if you ask, but her parents only go to church about once a month. On her sixteenth birthday, she's 5'4" and weighs about 115 lbs. She has brown eyes and black hair that she wears in a ponytail. A solid B student in an era of grade inflation, she never really excelled academically but she never really struggled either. 

 

Ashley Smith was born in 2001 in Normal, Illinois in an America conquered by the Grue in 1947. She never quite got over the loss of her fraternal twin sister Emily when the latter was kidnapped and taken away by the Grue for experiments when they were in elementary school and joined the Resistance as soon as she was old enough to pick up a blaster pistol. She found out why they'd taken her sister when her superpowers manifested a few years later. When she was sixteen, an accident at a Resistance base transferred her across dimensional lines to our world.

 

Now she and her sister (whose twin died at infancy in this reality) are both students at Claremont Academy - but Ashley is determined to keep the all-too-normal Emily safe from the dangers of Claremont - even though Emily's vast powers may make _her_ the dangerous one.

 

This is an imaginary story. Aren't they all?

 

 

 

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Backstory:

 

Jaycee Cahill was born in 2002 in Guymon, Oklahoma. She's the middle of three girls, all of them named after their father J.T. (who she still calls 'Daddy', especially when she wants something from him). Her family has deep roots in rural Texas County; her late grandfather's savvy business sense made him a millionaire (and the richest man in Texas County, at least for a while) when he sold his failing cattle lands to invest in the natural gas boom of the 1930s. Her daddy met her momma Rachel twenty years ago, when he was fresh out of Harvard and a graduate student at the University of Oklahoma and she was just finishing up her BA in nursing. Rachel left her family in Muskogee behind to settle in her husband's hometown and work as a school nurse; Jaycee looks a lot like her mom, with her mother's skin tone, petite build and dark hair. 

 

Jaycee  knows there was a time when her daddy wasn't a politician, but she can't really remember it. She wasn't yet in elementary school when her daddy ran for the Oklahoma State Legislature, a position he held for only a few years before deciding legislative service wasn't for him. The former political science professor at OPSU wasn't a man for legislative negotiations and dickering - he wanted to be the man in charge. Friendly to the oil industry, married to a Comanche woman, projecting a folksy-but-informed manner that let him speak cordially to both Tulsa suburbanites and farmers in the Panhandle, JT Cahill ran first as an outsider in the Republican primary, then was elected Governor of Oklahoma in 2010. 

 

Jaycee found that she liked being a governor's daughter. She was one of the most popular kids in her tony private schools in Oklahoma City, getting her attention she'd hardly ever won as a middle child back home, and living in Oklahoma City was a lot better than living in Guymon. It meant changes at home - she saw a lot less of her daddy and her momma, but she was reaching an age where that wasn't so bad. She got to travel too; out to DC and down to Austin, getting to know the children of other politicians and rich friends of her daddy's, and even got to visit. She wasn't old enough to be interested in boys the way her older sister Jaybee was, but she was sure that when she did, she'd have her pick of the best ones. She had a lot of plans.

 

Jaycee was old enough to have some idea of what they were getting into when her daddy and momma sat her and her two sisters down in December of 2014 to tell them something very serious. Her daddy had thought hard, he'd prayed hard, and he'd talked to their mom and his friends - and Governor Cahill was going to run for President in the next election. Freshly 13, Jaycee rolled her eyes but didn't actually backsass her daddy - her daddy had just been re-elected Governor earlier that year and she figured the campaign for President couldn't be _that_ different from the campaign for Governor. And besides, it probably wasn't going to amount to anything. She had to admit she loved her dad (privately, anyway), but the country wasn't going to elect her dad, with his corny jokes and his Sooner ties and cheerful belly, President, right? 

 

The headaches started around the time of Jaycee's fourteenth birthday, just a short time after her father had been elected President of the United States. They were small at first and she got aspirin for them, then stronger stuff - stuff the White House doctors had to prescribe, then hospital visits to get her on a new type of painkillers. Her daddy's people kept it out of the media, which made her feel a little better - running for President was _not_ like running for Governor at all, and the campaign had turned her life completely upside-down. She knew how important this job was to her family, to her sisters, to America; she decided not to tell anyone when the headaches came back after a few months of treatment - or when she started hearing whispers in empty rooms in the building. 

 

Judith Claudia Cahill 

 

Metahuman Abilities: Subject exists as a natural topological 'fold' in the space-time continuum, allowing for sensory impressions (primarily auditory in nature) of remote locations. When 'energized' by internal buildups or extreme emotional disturbance, subject is capable of acting as natural topological gateway, as well as channeling quantum radiation directly from the so-called "Zero Zone". 

 

NOTE: Subject's metahuman nature appears to result from cellular mutation by entropic radiation, displaying the typical patterns of internal decay and regeneration from so-called "entropic mutants" or "Terminus babies." Without means of bleeding off internal energy buildup, further "D-Day" events will happen. 

 

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Abilities: 4 + 4 + 6 + 0 + 6 + 4 = 24PP
Strength: 14 (+2) 
Dexterity: 14 (+2)
Constitution: 16 (+3)
Intelligence: 10 (+0) 
Wisdom: 16 (+3) 
Charisma: 14 (+2) 

 

Combat: 10 + 10 = 20PP
Initiative: +2
Attack: +5 Base, +7 Gun, +9 Damage, +15 Mimic
Defense: +9 (+5 Base, +4 Dodge Focus), +2 Flat-Footed
Grapple: +7
Knockback: -5/-2/-1

 

Saves: 5 + 6 + 5 = 16PP
Toughness: +11/+5/+3 (+3 Con, +2 Defensive Roll, +6 Armor) 
Fortitude: +8 (+3 Con, +5) 
Reflex: +8 (+2 Dex, +6) 
Will: +8 (+3 Wis, +5) 

 

Skills: 68R = 17PP
Bluff 8 (+10, SM) 
Climb 3 (+5) 
Concentration 3 (+5) 
Drive 3 (+5) 
Gather Info 3 (+5) 
Intimidate 8 (+10, SM) 
Medicine 3 (+5) 
Knowledge (Civics) 5 (+5) 
Languages 3 (Chinese [Mandarin], Korean, Vietnamese, Base: English) 
Notice 8 (+11, SM) 
Sense Motive 8 (+11, SM)  
Stealth 8 (+10)
Swim 3 (+5) 

 

Feats: 14PP
All-Out Attack
Defensive Roll 1 
Dodge Focus 4
Evasion
Interpose 
Power Attack
Precise Shot 1 
Quick Draw [Draw]
Skill Mastery (Bluff, Intimidate, Notice, Sense Motive) 
Takedown Attack 
Well-Informed

 

Powers: 7 + 10 + 9 + 31 + 2 = 59PP

Damage 3 (Raven's Training, PFs: Accurate 2, Innate, Mighty) (training) [7PP]

 

Device 3 (Dual Pistols, 15PP, Flaw: Easy to Lose, PF: Subtle [collapsible]) (technology) [10PP]
Blast 7 (PF: Accurate) [15/15DP]
15=15

 

Device 2 (Armor, 10PP, Flaw: Hard to  Lose, PF: Subtle) (technology) [9PP] 
Protection 6 [6DP] 
Super-Senses 4 (Radar; Radio [Enhancements: Accurate 2, Extended) [4DP] 
6+4=10

 

Power Thief Container 6 (25PP Container, PFs: Accurate 5, Subtle 1) [31PP] (mutation)
Mimic 5 (All Powers, 25PP; Extras: Linked [Stun, +0], Flaw: Tainted) {15} +Damage 5 (Extra: Linked [Mimic, +0]) {10} = [15+10=25/25PP]

 

Super-Senses 2 (Danger Sense [Mental], Uncanny Dodge [Mental]) (mutation) [2PP]

 

Drawbacks:  (-0) + (-0) = -0PP

Totals: Abilities (24) + Combat (20) + Saving Throws (16) + Skills (17) + Feats (14) + Powers (59) - Drawbacks (0) = 150/150 Power Points

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Character Backstory: 

 

Ashley George's first time on patrol with the Raven changed her life. It was 2008 and she was sixteen, in her second year at Claremont Academy and honestly not sure if she wanted to be a superhero. She didn't have the flashy powers of many of her classmates, the first Next-Gen students like Bolt or Megastar, she wasn't a particularly outstanding student (though she did work hard, spending hours in the library every night), nor was she particularly happy in Freedom City. (A conservative and somewhat sheltered childhood in rural Appalachia hadn't really prepared her for the realities of urban life in New Jersey.) But the Raven saw something in Ashley she didn't see in herself - and so it was that 'Copycat' joined the Raven on patrol as an occasional sidekick. Ashley enjoyed adventuring alongside the famous hero, especially once she gained enough control over her energy-draining abilities to use them in the field - but truthfully she appreciated the private lessons more. 

 

She learned the Raven's "style-less" style of goju hand-to-hand fighting and picked up the Vietnamese that she'd mostly lost after her mother's murder - and learned Chinese and Korean to go with it. She learned how to work a room and how to control a crowd with her voice and her eyes, letting darkness, mystery, and the occasional violent beating distract from the fact that she was just a petite girl whose superpowers generally didn't do much to make her bulletproof (except when she was fighting psychopaths who could punch through steel doors!) She picked up the Vietnamese she'd mostly lost upon her father's death - and added Chinese and Korean too. and She learned other things too - Raven was Amerasian too and had also lost a parent to crime, and had been raised by a loving, albeit overprotective parent with a strong interest in law and order. Maybe it was their similarities that had drawn Raven to her - Raven wasn't much for talking. 

 

The problem was, after her senior year, Ashley wasn't one for listening. Ashley George's break with superheroing began the spring of 2010; the day she caught the man who, ten years earlier, had murdered her father. 

 

 

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Phillip Tran fled South Vietnam with his parents in the late 1970s, his family settling in Knoxville, Tennessee to open an Asian restaurant that was much like the one they'd run in Saigon before 1975. Phillip served his adopted homeland well, enlisting in the United States Army and fighting in Operation Desert Storm before returning to Knoxville to marry his high school sweetheart Jennifer George. The Trans settled in Erwin, a town about a hundred miles west of Knoxville, deep in the heart of Appalachia, where Phillip's military service got him a job as a sheriff's deputy for Unicoi County. Even as he became the father of four girls [(Katelyn (1990), Ashley (1992), Loretta (1994), and Jennifer (1997)] Phillip kept trying to serve his country and his new community, volunteering to teach about Vietnamese history and culture, giving classes on Buddhism and Catholicism (Erwin is not a diverse community), and volunteering as a Boy Scout leader. 

 

In the summer of 2000, he was found dead by the side of a country road - shot in the back of the head while on patrol and dragged from his squad car, his corpse branded with the outline of a Klansman in full regalia. The local police, even regional superheroes, investigated - but nobody could find a damn thing. Jennifer George took a job as dispatcher for the county and kept a hand tightly on her daughters, keeping them from the world that had killed her beloved husband and was so full of criminals and low-lifes - even if it was the community where she'd been born. When Ashley's powers first appeared on the Fourth of July, 2006, when Lady Liberty's appearance at the Knoxville Fourth of July festivities ended with a certain teenager firing beams of golden light from her eyes and singing the National Anthem (an utterly mortifying experience that she is forever grateful took place just before the widespread adoption of the smartphone), Jennifer almost didn't let her daughter go to Claremont even after the League helped keep the news of the "Copycat" out of the national news, and after the arrival of kindly headmaster Duncan Summers - not until it was made clear to her that the school was safe and that her daughter would be protected. 

 

When Ashley found out what the school was _really_ for, it wasn't hard for her to figure out what she wanted to do - she wanted to find the man who had killed her father! 

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When the Raven and Copycat found recent retiree Walter Dixon in his house in Ashton, he was smiling - even after a punch from Copycat broke his front teeth. Now that the game was over there was no reason to lie. He'd been active as "the Klansman" since 1998, killing those who violated Acts 17:26, Romans 1:26–27, and similar important parts of Scripture with his father's hunting rifle, branding their bodies with the symbol of the Klan to show who had carried out the deed, then traveling elsewhere. His job as a long-distance trucker had let him travel almost at will, staying under the radar despite the full Klan robes he'd worn while carrying out each killing. He'd killed seventeen people, and Phillip Tran had been the fifth. He was happy to meet superheroes because, he said, he considered himself one too - a man who'd adopted a secret identity to carry out a never-ending war on crime and filth, a masked vigilante who fought for justice because the law could not. His war was over; but he counted it justly fought, and had no regrets. 


Having fought alongside her multiple times in the last two years, Callie Summers trusted Ashley George not to kill the man who had killed her father even as they waited for the police and FBI to arrive - and she wasn't disappointed. Ashley didn't even hit him after that first punch, instead just staring silently at him as he explained himself and his motivations to the two vigilantes.

 

But Copycat was waiting for her in the Rookery a few days later - and she said five words that nearly broke Callie's heart. "He was right about us." 

 

If superheroes had been working directly with Tennessee law enforcement in 2000, Walter Dixon could have been caught six years earlier - if superheroes had been working for the Shreveport PD when Dixon had carried out his first killing, they could have caught him then! What right did superhumans have to hide in their secret lairs and their Sanctums while innocent people suffered? To ignore the laws that governed society when it was convenient for them? Who made them gods, so far above everyone else? She and Raven had caught Dixon - but that was because she'd cared! What was happening right there, right then, out there in the night, far away from the places where superheroes gathered? It wasn't the last argument; but it was maybe the worst. A gulf had opened that would never really heal. 

 

When Ashley left Claremont Academy, she had her diploma and her associate's degree both - after two more years, she had her bachelor's degree in criminal justice (and a minor in Asian languages) from East Tennessee State University. Two years after that, after two years working for the Unicoi County Sheriff's Office, she joined the United States Secret Service. 

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